What’s on

Mixed Media Wall Plaques, Tullie House, Carlisle (21st April)  

Join Deb Wainwright for an intimate class considering how to turn the most weird and wonderful of your beloved stuff into a beautifully crafted mixed media wall plaque, incorporating acrylic paint sprays and stencils.    

Folk Art exhibition, Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal (to 14th April) 

This exciting show pays homage to the Lake District's long-standing history of art in the community. The exhibition takes a look at peoples motivations for making beautiful things and meets some of the area's biggest characters.    

Katie Spragg exhibition, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere (to May)

The recent Royal College of Art graduee combines clay with a range of processes - including animation, illustration and installation - to worship the glory of nature. Her Cumbria show will feature eight new and original works created in response to the Arts and Crafts House.

Ruskin and the Grotesque exhibition, John Ruskin's House, Coniston (to 8th April)

The month that brings us Valentines may not seem like the most obvious time to take a trip into the grotesque, but there is much beauty to be found there. In this fascinating exhibition, works by Jill Rock celebrate Ruskin at his most gnarly. 

A Herstory of Keswick, Keswick Museum (to 10th May)

This immersive exhibition allows you to take a step back in time to the Victorian Keswick of the 1800s and discover the stories of soem of the most important women who were making a stand and a difference in the area.   

Monet exhibition, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal (12th January to 28th April)

In a coup for Cumbria Claude Monet's masterpiece, Haystacks: Snow Effect, will be on display in the ever-charming Abbot Hall Gallery until the end of April. The 1891 classic is on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland and is part of a series of over 30 haystacks paintings that he produced from his home in Giverny.        

Footloose, Stanwix Theatre, Stanwix (21st to 24th February)

Based on everybody's favourite 80s classic, this adaptation from the screen stays true to the original in all of its rock n rolling glory. With international opera singer and new broom Graeme Danby now working with students at the university theatre this is a very exciting prospect. 

The Chef Show, Rosehill Theatre, Moresby (25th February)
Theatre meets cooking demo at this guaranteed assault on the senses. It tells the story of father and son Abdul and Khalid on a particularly busy night in their restaurant. They're joined by chef Nurul Hoque from the Akash Tandoori restaurant in Whitehaven and you can expect accompanying tasters. Don't miss out on tickets for the Indian-inspired dinner that follows.

Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show, Rheged, Penrith (16th to 18th March)

Now in its fourth year, this carefully curated three-day event showcases the very best of home and garden design from across the north of England and Southern Scotland. Come for inspiration from local designers and craftspeople who embrace everything from Cumbria's Arts and Crafts legacy to artistic modernism.  

Castle Dairy Cookery School, Kendal(ongoing)  

Kendal's Castle Dairy is a training restaurant for catering apprentices. Now you can join the knowledge and skills seekers at a cookery school that caters to everyone from ambitious home cooks to head chefs in need of new inspiration. Taking place each Monday, demos will be followed by a test-the-goods lunch.